$2 Million in State Grant Funding Awarded to Support School Safety Initiatives in Michigan

Contact: Mr. Matt Opsommer, MSP Grants and Community Services Division, 517-284-3211

February 13, 2017

The Michigan State Police (MSP) today announced that 25 public school districts, 24 non-public schools and three charter schools will receive approximately $2 million in state grants to purchase equipment and/or technology to improve the safety and security of school buildings, students and staff. Over 62,500 students will benefit from these security improvements.

“The safety of Michigan’s students and educators is of utmost importance,” said MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue. “This Competitive School Safety Grant Program will help make security improvements to school buildings that will provide a safer and more secure learning environment.”

“We need to continue making investments to improve safety in our communities, and nowhere is this more important than in our schools,” Gov. Rick Snyder said. “I appreciate the work of the Michigan State Police in identifying these opportunities where we can strengthen protections for Michigan kids.”
A complete list of award recipients is available at www.michigan.gov/cjgrants. Grant recipients have until Aug. 30, 2017, to spend their awards.

There were 84 applications received, totaling over $4.6 million in requests. Grant applications were reviewed by a committee that included representatives from the MSP, the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association, Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools and the Executive Office of the Governor.

The review committee gave priority to proposals that sought to secure access points at school buildings, as this is one of the best and most cost effective ways to improve school safety and security.